swva-newsletter – issue 306 – 2016-May

May 2016 / Issue: 306

Hi all,

More news from around the region plus…

It’s SW Champs time, our annual event to find the best Female and Male team in the region. Follow the competition and your local clubs progress on line and via the SW app.

Dave Reece

The SW App

iPhone / iPad / Mac Users:

Adding the SWVA (web clip) App is really simple, just follow these steps below:


  1. Open the Safari web browser app on your iPhone / iPad / Mac.
  2. Browse to the page: https://www.swva.org.uk/swva
  3. Tap the Action Box (the square with the arrow coming out of it).
  4. Tap Add to Home Screen.

Follow your local team 

As well as the tournament desk the results tables will also be available on the SWVA web site on the SW Championships page (https://www.swva.org.uk/sw-championships). The tables will be updated regularly throughout the weekend.

Teams Entered for 2016

Men Ladies
Cardiff Celts Cardiff Celts
Plymouth Mayflower Plymouth Mayflower
Yeovil Yeovil
Devizes Plymouth University
City of Bristol 1 Royal Wootton Bassett
City of Bristol 2 Swansea University
Plymouth University City of Bristol 1
Beach Academy City of Bristol 2
Exeter Storm Torexe
Bristol Cardiff Falcets
Exeter University Plymouth Ladies
Plymouth Oldboys Bristol Ladies
Wiltshire Mavericks
Bemi VC & Bristol Uni


College results 

SW colleges have had a very successful year in the AoC Sport National Championships, with our region winning overall, across all sports.

PETROC won the girls’ competition and were runners up in the boys’. Richard Huish won the boys’ plate, all three teams included current / former SW junior squad players, and were coached by Denise / Jurek.


Petroc Association of Colleges Cup Winners.

richard huish

Congratulations to the Richard Huish men’s team who won the National college plate! Keir, Connor and Dominic regularly train with the club, including Taunton’s coach Jurek Jankowski! Other players were Mattie Olie, Josh Barns and Edwin Ng!

Ben Fairweather

SWVA League Champions 

Once again we had to wait until the final round of matches had been completed to find out our final SW league placing.

sw ladies league top three

In the Ladies league, Cardiff Falcons came out on top with a strong performance throughout the season, not dropping a single set. Cardiff Falcons will be moving on to the National League for the 2016/17 season.

sw mens league top three

In the Men’s league it all came down to set’s difference to separate the top two of C&G Volleyball and Yeovil. Likewise C&G have been recommended for NL volleyball for next season.

pom ladies

For the 2015/16 Player of the Match awards, we appear to have a few ties this year, with Karen York (Wiltshire Mavericks) and Laura Kulmala (RWB) on eight nomination each for the Ladies. And a three way tie in the Men’s competition between Callum Moir (Royal Navy), Hossen Alkhalaf (COB) and Jason Brinck (Yeovil).

sw pom men

Presentations for all the above will be this Sunday 8th May at our presentation event in Plymouth.

2016/17 SWVA League Program

Entry forms will be out in the summer, if your club or team would like to take part then please let the competition sec know Rachel.Swindell@Network100.co.uk

Successful teams can also pick up our recommendation for National League entry.

Membership and Business Support

Volleyball England Logo

Alex Williams, Volleyball England’s Membership and Business Support Administrator will be attending this years SW Championships event on the Saturday (7th May) in Plymouth. Alex is responsible for the administration of membership services and business support, he will be around all day to meet and greet and to provided any assistance that your club may required.

T: 01509 227721

Academy of Beach Sports Updateaob header

If you are interested in helping coach the national junior beach volleyball squad in Croyde from the 1-3rd June, Denise Austin ia inviting all interested coaches and senior players to help assist for the three day national Beach Peaks camp

For further details please see http://www.beachvolleyballinc.com/event-registration?ee=77

The Academy of Beach Sports, which runs the King and Queen of the Beach in Croyde every year is now running its first Junior King and Queen of the Beach

The even is open to any young person who is 19 or under on the 31st Dec 2016

Event details and registration forms can be found at the following



The King and Queen of the Beach is now into its 20th Year in Croyde, if you would like to enter the event information and registration links are here

Enter as an individual and play with six new people in your division on Saturday and then play with your regular partner ( or we can find one) on Sunday.


2016 SWVA AGM Notice

To all clubs in the South West Region…

swva agm photo

Please find attached notice of the SW Volleyball Association AGM to take place on June 4th. AGM NOTICE Clubs & Members 2016

Can you please, on the attached form, by May 24th  let me know if you are attending and also nominate officers.

Ron Richards


Beach Academy Players to compete at World U21 Championships

world U21 fundraiser

Ellie Austin & Anaya Evans, have been selected to represent England at the FIVB World Championships U21  in Lucerne Switzerland from the 11th-16th May.

The pair who have been playing together off and on since they attended Georgeham School at ages 7 & 10 (see photo) are really happy to be back playing together again. “It feels just so easy and relaxed being on the court with Ellie again” Evans comments after they have started their pre event training with before and after school practices.

Evans who has represented England both Senior and Junior on the beach has had three years ahead of Austin who in her first International is really excited to get going on the sand after a great indoor season which saw her gain her first indoor international caps at the UK School Games and in the NEZVA International.

The World U21 Championships is a completely self funded event, so the pair will be fund raising for the next three weeks ahead of their trip. If you would like to help please click on the donate button found on the clubs website. Thanks for all your support.

Nicole Short also another Beach Academy player has also been selected in the second pairing, currently they are on the reserve list at no 3. along with Marth Bullen from Richmond Volleyball Club

Tournament Paperwork

fivb rules

Each year we appear to required another bit of paperwork or a certificate to run our sport. However if your wish to run a FIVB beach event, their appears to be a list 66 forms of T&C’s and information that you need to work through.

“..For your information, various 2016 FIVB beach volleyball artifacts are available to download (e.g. Refereeing guidelines, Scoresheet instructions, etc) but not the 2016 Rules of the Game Casebook (yet): www.fivb.org/en/beachvolleyball/forms.asp
The casebook will shortly be made available to download once FIVB have fixed the link.”

Greg Thompson

Time To Listen (TTL) Course – Exeter


Time To Listen (TTL) is a workshop designed to support Club Welfare Officers.  The workshop is easy to follow and will enable you to fully understand your role in the club, and help you to effectively safeguard young people in your care.  The TTL course has been developed by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the NSPCC.

Date & Venue

The Exeter & District VA have now arranged a TTL course on Monday, June 6th, 7-10 pm at the Coaver Club in Exeter. The cost will be £35 per candidate and refreshments will be provided. (Cheques payable to the EDVA)

To Book your place, please email Ros Sutherland atros.sutherland@googlemail.com

Who Needs to Attend?

All sports need to have a Club Welfare Officer next year and the sport of Volleyball is no different. To take part in any volleyball events, clubs need to be registered with Volleyball England with one or two Club Welfare Officer’s who have completed a Time To Listen and a Safe Guarding Course.


As this is a legal requirement for your club to operate, it is anticipated that club’s will be sponsoring their candidates to attend the course. As above it is generally suggested that a club has a minimum of two trained CWO’s.

Full List of FAQ: http://www.edva.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Safeguarding-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

2015-16 SW Annual Awards Form

swva_logo_227x194The South West Volleyball Association appreciates the importance of volunteers in our sport and the huge contribution they make. The Annual Awards go a little way to recognise their contribution and we hope that clubs and members will nominate those who they believe have put in their time and energy to assure the future development of volleyball.

All nominees for volunteer awards must be part of an affiliated club or association. Nominees for the coach or referee awards must be currently registered Volleyball England Coaches or Referees (or have recently retired from long standing registration / membership). Nominators must follow guidelines given below as well as providing any additional relevant information that may apply.

Award categories:

Awards 2015 Winners
Doreen Dingle Administrator Award Steffan Paessler
Bert Williams Referee Award Nick Heckford
SW Coach Award Matt Stevens
Commitment to SW Volleyball Award Deryck Williams

The deadline for all nominations is 18th May 2016. Please use the nomination form below or download a paper copy: SWVA Volunteer Awards 2016 blank nomination form

More details and on line form at: 2015-16-sw-annual-awards-form